Monthly Archives: December 2011

Dognapping

Dognapping

Would you believe that the economy is so bad that people would stoop to steal dogs to sell? Apparently it’s true. Just recently, the American Kennel Club documented that “Dognapping has risen 49% during the past year”. The most common breeds are the toys and mini’s, especially Pomeranians, Yorkshire terriers and Maltese. However; any of the small breeds are apt to be stolen and even the popular “designer breeds”, such as the Malti-poo, Cocker-poo, Chi-Poo, Schnoodle, etc. These are all very expensive little dogs and the thieves know there is a large market for them. The best way to prevent this is to keep them on a leash, with proper identification. The newest technology is the microchip. This is a small computer chip the size of a grain of rice. It is painlessly injected under the skin by a veterinarian. The chip is read by a “wand” similar to one used as an airport hand held scanner. The ID code identifies the registered owner by calling the microchips service phone which is open 24/7. Whenever a dog is found the wand is used to see if a chip is present. if It has been reported that thousands of pets a day across this country are identified in this manner. All dog shelters and veterinarians have these microchip readers. It is the smart thing to do to safeguard your pet. For more articles, please view www.locustvalleyvet.com